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St. Euphrasia: A Saint from Trichur, Kerala, India

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on June 13, 2014

St. Euphrasia Eluvathingal

St Euphrasia (Euphrasia Eluvathingal)Saint Euphrasia Eluvathingal or Sister Euphrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus C.M.C. (October 7, 1877 – August 29, 1952) was an IndianCarmeliteReligious Sister of the Syro-Malabar Church which is an Eastern Catholic Church and a part of the Saint Thomas Christian community in Kerala. Her canonization was announced on April 3, 2014

Early life

She was born Rosa Eluvathingal on 7 October 1877 in a Syro-Malabar Catholic Nasrani family in the village of Kattoor, near the city of Thrissur in Kerala, India. Rosa was the eldest child of wealthy landowners, Cherpukaran Antony and Kunjethy Eluvathingal. She was baptized on 25 October 1877 in the Mother of Carmel Church in Edathuruthy. Her mother was a devout Syrian Catholic, who taught her to pray the rosary and to participate in the Mass.[6] At the age of nine, Rose is said to have experienced an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which led her to make a commitment never to marry, and to commit her entire life to God.[1]

As she grew older, Rose desired to enter the Sisters of the Mother of Carmel, who follow the Rule of the Third Order of the Discalced Carmelites. Her father opposed this as he wanted to arrange a marriage for her with the son of one of the other prosperous families in the region. Seeing her resolve, her father finally relented, and himself accompanied her to the convent.[6] When she was ten, she entered the boarding school attached to the first indigenous Carmelite community in the Syro-Malabar Church, founded by Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Rev. Leopold Beccaro 1866 at Koonammavu in Ernakulam district.

Religious Life

In 1897, Mar John Menachery, the first native Bishop of Thrissur, established a Carmelite Convent in Ambazakad (now belonging to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Irinjalakuda). On May 9 he brought from Koonammavu all who belonged to his Diocese including Rosa. The next day Rosa was received as a postulant, taking the name Sister Euphrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was admitted to the novitiate of the congregation on 10 January 1898. The constant ill health she experienced, however, threatened her stay in the convent, as the Superiors considered dismissing her.

Sister Euphrasia is said to have had a vision of the Holy Family, at which point the illness she had long felt ceased. Sister Euphrasia made her solemn profession on 24 May 1900,[1] during the blessing of the newly founded convent at Ollur. After she took her perpetual vows, she was appointed assistant to the Novice Mistress. Though frail in health, Euphrasia exhibited rare moral courage, and a very high sense of responsibility and in 1904 she was soon appointed Novice Mistress of the Congregation in which position she worked for nine years. In 1913 she was made Mother Superior of St. Mary’s Convent, Ollur, where she was to live the rest of her life, serving as Mother Superior until 1916.[1]

Despite these duties, she endeavored to lead a life of constant prayer and of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, becoming known by many people as the “Praying Mother.”[2][6][7] Mother Euphrasia spent much of her day in the convent chapel before the Blessed Sacrament, to which she had a strong devotion. She also nourished a great love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary.[1] Mother Euphrasia died on August 29, 1952 at the Ollur Convent. Her tomb at the convent has become a pilgrimage site as miracles have been reported by some of the faithful.

Veneration

Mar Joseph Kundukulam, the Archbishop of Thrissur instituted the Diocesan Tribunal for the Cause of Mother Euphrasia in 1987 by declaring her ‘Servant of God‘. On July 5, 2002, Pope John Paul II, recognized her heroic virtue of Euphrasia, declaring her ‘Venerable‘. A miracle attributed to her intercession and approved by the Vatican in June 2006 concerned the apparent healing of a carpenter from bone cancer. On December 3, 2006, she was beatified in St. Anthony’s Forane Church, Ollur, Thrissur, with the declaration of the Major Archbishop, Varkey Vithayathil on behalf of the Pope Benedict XVI.

Apostolic nuncio to India Archbishop Pedro Lopez Quintana and Archbishop Jacob Thoomkuzhy of Syro-Malabar Catholic Archdiocese of Thrissur joined 30 prelates and 500 priests for the beatification events. Ollur parish belongs to Syro-Malabar Catholic Archdiocese of Thrissur, part of the Syro-Malabar Church, one of the two Catholic Oriental-rites based in Kerala. Her feast day is August 29. On 3 April 2014, Pope Francis authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decrees concerning the miracle attributed to Evuprasiamma’ intercession.[9] This confirms Pope’s approval of Evuprasiamma’ canonisation.[10] The canonisation ceremony is likely to be in October 2014.[11]

Saint Euphrasia Eluvathingal
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Saint Euphrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, C.M.C.
Born October 7, 1877
Edathuruthy, Thrissur District, Kerala, British India
Died August 29, 1952
Ollur, Kerala, India
Honored in Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
Beatified December 3, 2006, Ollur by Mar Varkey Vithayathil
Feast August 29

References

  1. “Bl. Euphrasia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus”, Vatican News Service
  2. “Praying mother in beatification list”. Times Of India. June 30, 2006. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  3. The New, Indian Expres. “Euphrasia sainthood”.
  4. Euphrasia, Eluvathingal. “Euphrasia”

    . The New Indian Express.

  5. Euphrasia Eluvathingal, Ollur, Thrissur. “Euphrasia sainthood along with Chavara Kuriakose Elias”. The Hindu.
  6. Congregation of the Mother of Carmel “Blessed Mother Euphrasia”
  7. “Cured Catholic cancer patient recalls miraculous intercession of ‘praying nun. Catholic Online. Retrieved 2011-07-06.

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Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council: New Office Bearers – December 2013

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on December 23, 2013

Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council

New Office Bearers

The KCBC meeting held from 10 to 12 December 2013 at the POC elected the following bishops as the Office Bearers, Commission Chairmen and Vice Chairmen.

Click here to Download the PDF file for the KCBC Office Bearers 2013

 

Sl. No Commissions Designation Names
KCBC Office Bearers

President

His Eminence Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos

Vice President

Abp. Joseph Perumthottam

Secretary General

Bp. Joseph Kariyil

1. POC Commission

Chairman

His Eminence Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos

Vice Chairman

Abp. Joseph Perumthottam

Vice Chairman

Bp. Joseph Kariyil

2. Religious Commission & KCMS

Chairman

Abp. Joseph Perumthottam

Vice Chairman

Abp. Francis Kallarakal

Vice Chairman

Bp. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom

3.

Bible Commission & Kerala Catholic Bible Society

Chairman

Abp. Maria Callist Soosa Pakiam

Vice Chairman

Bp. Joseph Kallarangatt

Vice Chairman

Bp. Samuel Mar Irenios

4.

Media Commission & Vatican Radio

Chairman

Bp. Sebastian Thekethecheril

Vice Chairman

Bp. Joseph Mar Thomas

Vice Chairman

Bp. Jose Puthenveettil

5.

Family Commission

Chairman

Bp. Sebastian Adayanthrath

Vice Chairman

Bp. Varghese Chakkalakal

Vice Chairman

Bp. Philipos Mar Stephanos

6.

Laity Commission & KCF

Chairman

Bp. Varghese Chakkalakal

Vice Chairman

Bp. Joseph Mar Thomas

Vice Chairman

Bp. Bosco Puthur

7.

Women’s Commission

Chairman

Bp. Joseph Mar Thomas

Vice Chairman

Bp. Varghese Chakkalakal

Vice Chairman

Bp. Mathew Anikuzhikattil

8.

Education Commission & KCSL

Chairman

Abp. Andrews Thazhath

Vice Chairman

Bp. Samuel Mar Irenios

Vice Chairman

Bp. Vincent Samuel

9.

Social Harmony & Vigilance Commission, Human Rights Desk

Chairman

Bp. Joshua Mar Ignathios

Vice Chairman

Bp. Bosco Puthur

Vice Chairman

Bp. Stanley Roman

10.

Youth Commission, KCYM & CLC

Chairman

Bp. Joseph Pandarasseril

Vice Chairman

Bp. Thomas Mar Anthonios

Vice Chairman

Bp. Vincent Samuel

11.

Labour Commission,KLM & KCITIMA

Chairman

Bp. Jose Porunnedom

Vice Chairman

Bp. Stanley Roman

Vice Chairman

Bp. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom

12.

Justice, Peace & Development Commission KSS Forum, Sarathi, Jesus Fraternity, Care Homes, Special Schools &Ecological Mission

Chairman

Abp. Thomas Mar Koorilos

Vice Chairman

Bp. Selvister Ponnumuthan

Vice Chairman

Bp. George Madathikandathil

Episcopal Advisor for Ecological Mission

Bp. Abraham Mar Julios

13.

Commission for SC/ST/BC

Chairman

Bp. Selvister Ponnumuthan

Vice Chairman

Bp. Philipos Mar Stephanos

Vice Chairman

Bp. Mar Jacob Muricken

14.

Temperance Commission

Chairman

Bp. Remigiose Inchananiyil

Vice Chairman

Bp. Joshua Mar Ignathios

Vice Chairman

Bp. Joseph Karikkassery

15.

Theology Commission

Chairman

Bp. Abraham Mar Julios

Vice Chairman

Bp. Vincent Samuel

Vice Chairman

Bp. Pauli Kannukkadan

16.

Health Commission

Chairman

Bp. Jacob Manathodath

Vice Chairman

Bp. Philipos Mar Stephanos

Vice Chairman

Bp. Joseph Karikkassery

17

Vocation Commission & CML

Chairman

Bp. Vincent Samuel

Vice Chairman

Bp. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom

Vice Chairman

Bp. Jacob Muricken

18

Charismatic Movement Commission & K.S.T

Chairman

Bp. Raphael Thattil

Vice Chairman

Bp. Samuel Mar Irenios

Vice Chairman

Bp. Joseph Karikkassery

19

Ecumenism & Inter-Religious Dialogue Commission

Chairman

Abp. Mathew Moolakkatt

Vice Chairman

Bp. Selvister Ponnumuthan

Vice Chairman

Bp. Thomas Mar Antonios

20

INFAM

Episcopal Advisor

Bp. Mathew Arackal

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Directives for a Good Confession (Malayalam)

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on November 30, 2013

Directives for Good a ConfessionDirectives for a Good Confession (Malayalam)

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Priestly Ordinations of Kothamangalam Diocese 2013-14

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on November 27, 2013

Priestly Ordinations of Kothamangalam Diocese 2013-14Priestly Ordinations 2013-14: Diocese / Eprachy of Kothamangalam (Syro-Malabar Diocese in Kerala, India)

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Gadgil Problem – Kasthoori Rangan Report: Effects & Responses

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on November 17, 2013

Gadgil Problem 01 Gadgil Problem 02 Gadgil Report Gadgil Problem 03 Why Fear Gadgil Problem 04 Challenges of Kasthuri Rangan Gadgil Problem 05 the EffectGadgil Problem – Kasthoori Rangan Committee  Report: Effects & Responses (Malayalam)

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Eucharistic Miracle at Vilakkannur Church During Holy Qurbana

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on November 15, 2013

Eucharistic Miracle, Vilakkannoor 2

ഇന്നു രാവിലെ  (Wednesday 15 November 2013) കണ്ണൂര്‍ ജില്ല യില്‍ വിളക്കന്നൂര്‍ പള്ളിയില്‍ 6:45 വി .കുര്‍ബാനയില്‍ നടന്ന അത്ഭുതം: തിരുവോസ്തിയില്‍ യേശുവിന്‍റെ മുഖം കാണപ്പെട്ടു.

Eucharistic Miracle, Vilakkannoor 3

Eucharistic Miracle

 at Vilakkannoor Church (Kannur, Kerala, India) During Holy Qurbana / Holy Mass

News: കണ്ണൂർ ജില്ലയിലെ വിളകന്നുർ ഗ്രാമത്തിലെ ക്രിസ്തു രാജാ ദേവാലയത്തിൽ ദിവ്യ ബലിക്കിടയിൽ തിരുവോസ്തിയിൽ യേശുവിന്റെ തിരുമുഖം തെളിഞ്ഞു വന്നു. ഈ അത്ഭുതം കാണാൻ ആയിരങ്ങളാണ് വന്നു കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്നത്, കരുണാമയനായ യേശുവിനു സ്തുതി , അമേൻ ( (Miracle happened at Vilakkannoor church located in Kannur Dist, Kerala, – Today (15th Nov 2013 during morning Mass @6.45).

Eucharistic Miracle, Vilakkannoor 1

Face of Jesus appeared during the Holy Mass on the

Blessed Sacrament at Vilakkannoor Church, Kannur, Kerala, India

Eucharistic Miracle, Vilakkannoor 4

തിരുമുഖം : അന്വേഷണം നടത്താന്‍ തലശ്ശേരി അതിരൂപത തീരുമാനിച്ചു.

തലശ്ശേരി അതി രൂപതയുടെ കീഴിലുള്ള വിളക്കന്നൂരിലെ ക്രിസ്തുരാജ ദേവാലയത്തില്‍ ഇന്ന് രാവിലെ വിശുദ്ധ കുര്‍ബാനയ്ക്കിടെ തിരുവോസ്തിയില്‍ യേശുവിന്റെ തിരുമുഖം തെളിഞ്ഞതായിയുള്ള സംഭവത്തെകുറിച്ച് അന്വേഷണം നടത്താന്‍ തലശ്ശേരി അതിരൂപത തീരുമാനിച്ചു. തിരുവോസ്തിയില്‍ യേശുവിന്റെ തിരുമുഖം തെളിഞ്ഞതായിയുള്ള വിവരമറിഞ്ഞ് ആയിരക്കണക്കിന് പേരാണ് വിളക്കന്നൂരില്‍ എത്തിക്കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്നത്. അതിരൂപതാ ആര്‍ച്ച് ബിഷപ്പ് മാര്‍ ജോര്‍ജ് വലിയമറ്റത്തിന്റെ നിര്‍ദേശ പ്രകാരം തിരുവോസ്തി സക്രാരിയില്‍ വെച്ചു പൂട്ടിയിരിക്കുകയാണ്. അതിരൂപതാ അന്വേഷണ സംഘം വിളക്കന്നൂരില്‍ എത്തിയ ശേഷം അനന്തര നടപടികള്‍ ഉണ്ടാവുമെന്ന് വികാരി ഫാ,തോമസ് പാത്തിക്കല്‍ അറിയിച്ചു. രാവിലെ 6.45 നുള്ള ദിവ്യബലിയുടെ സമയത്ത് ആദ്യം ഒരു ചെറിയ അടയാളം തിരുവോസ്തിയില്‍ പ്രത്യക്ഷപ്പെടുകയായിരുന്നുവെന്നു ഫാ.തോമസ് പറഞ്ഞു.ക്രമേണെ അത് വലുതായി വരുകയും പ്രകാശപൂര്‍ണ്ണമാവുകയും തുടര്‍ന്ന് ഈശോയുടെ തിരുമുഖം പ്രത്യക്ഷപ്പെടുകയും ചെയ്യുകയായിരുന്നു. ഇതേ തുടര്‍ന്ന് ഏശുവിന്റെ മുഖം തെളിഞ്ഞ തിരുവോസ്തി മാറ്റിവെച്ചു മറ്റൊരു ഓസ്തിയെടുത്ത് ദിവ്യബലി പൂര്‍ത്തിയാക്കിയതായി ഫാ.പാത്തിക്കല്‍ പറഞ്ഞു. ദിവ്യബലിയ്ക്കു ശേഷം മറ്റു ശുശ്രൂഷകരോടും ഇടവകജനത്തോടും സംഭവം വിവരിച്ച ശേഷം തിരുമുഖമുള്ള തിരുവോസ്തി ആരാധനയ്ക്കായി വെച്ചു. ഇത് കേട്ടറിഞ്ഞാണ് ആയിരക്കണക്കിന് പേര്‍ വിളക്കന്നൂരിലെയ്ക്ക് എത്തിയത്, 11 മണിയോടെ ആര്‍ച്ച് ബിഷപ്പിന്റെ നിര്‍ദേശം അനുസരിച്ച് തിരുവോസ്തി സക്രാരിയിലേക്ക് മാറ്റുകയാണ് ഉണ്ടായത് കണ്ണൂരിന്റെ എല്ലാ ഭാഗത്ത് നിന്നുമായി ആയിരക്കണക്കിന് ജനങ്ങളാണ് ഇന്ന് രാവിലെ വിളക്കന്നൂരില്‍ എത്തിയത്.ഒടുവള്ളി തട്ട് -നടുവില്‍ റോഡില്‍ വാഹന ബാഹുല്യം മൂലം ഗതാഗതം തടസപ്പെട്ടു.

Eucharistic Miracle, Vilakkannoor 5

വിളക്കന്നൂരിലെ അല്‍ഭുതം, റോമിലെ വിദഗ്ദ്ധ സംഘം സ്ഥിരീകരിക്കണം

വിളക്കന്നൂരില്‍ നടന്ന അല്‍ഭുതം സംബന്ധിച്ച് തലശേരി അതിരൂപത അന്വേഷണാല്‍മക റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ട് റോമിലേയ്ക്ക് കൈമാറുകയും മാര്‍പ്പാപ്പ നിയോഗിക്കുന്ന ഔദ്യോഗിക പഠനസംഘം പരിശോധന നടത്തി അല്‍ഭുതം നടന്നതായി സ്ഥിരീകരിക്കുകയും ചെയ്താല്‍ മാത്രമേ ഇത് ഒരു അല്‍ഭുതപ്രവര്‍ത്തിയായി കത്തോലിക്ക സഭ അംഗീകരിക്കുകയുള്ളൂ.

ഇത്തരം അല്‍ഭുത പ്രവര്‍ത്തികള്‍ നടക്കുന്നത് പരിശോധിക്കുന്നതിനായി കത്തോലിക്കാ സഭയുടെ കീഴില്‍ പ്രഗല്‍ഭരായ ശാസ്ത്രഞ്ജന്‍മാരുടെ ഒരു സംഘം തന്നെയുണ്ട്. യേശുവിന്റെ തിരുമുഖം തെളിഞ്ഞ ഓസ്തിയും ഇത്തരത്തില്‍ ശാസ്ത്രീയമായ പരിശോധനയ്ക്ക് വിധേയമാക്കും.

ഈ പരിശോധനയുടെ റിപ്പോര്‍ട്ട് റോമിലെ ഉന്നതാധികാര സമിതിക്ക് കൈമാറുകയും അവര്‍ ശാസ്ത്രീയമായി വിലയിരുത്തി ഇത് അല്‍ഭുത പ്രവര്‍ത്തിയാണെന്ന് അംഗീകരിക്കുകയും ചെയ്താല്‍ മാത്രമെ വിളക്കന്നൂരിലെ അല്‍ഭുതം സഭ ഔദ്യോഗികമായി അംഗീകരിക്കൂ.

മുന്‍പ് യേശുവിന്റെ മൃതശരീരം പൊതിഞ്ഞ കച്ചയും യേശുവിന്റെ തിരുമുഖം തുടച്ച തൂവാലയും ഇത്തരം ശാസ്ത്രീയമായ പരിശോധനകള്‍ക്ക് വിധേയമാക്കിയിരുന്നു.

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Syro Malabar Qurbana in Syriac, Syriac Mass

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on November 6, 2013

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Syro Malabar Mass, Qurbana for the Dead

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Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Alwaye

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on October 17, 2013

Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Alwaye is an Institute in Kerala, India, which is predominantly an inter-ritual Faculty. One can learn theological and philosophical discipline as well as culture, heritage and tradition of the Kerala Church. “The Pontifical Institute, Alwaye” was erected by the Holy See at Alwaye, Kerala State, India in 1972. On 15th February 1973, the Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Alwaye, was officially inaugurated by His Excellency, the Most Rev.Dr.John Gordon, then Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to India. On 25th April 1997, through a decree the Congregation for Catholic Education separated the Pontifical Institute from the Pontifical Seminary. At present the Pontifical Institute functions at two separate campuses – Mangalapuzha and Carmelgiri, and offers simultaneously courses of theology and philosophy in both campuses. It is entrusted to the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council and is under the overall supervision of the Congregation for Catholic Education. It has at present the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and may open new Faculties with the approval of the Holy See.

A Brief History of  The Pontifical Institute of Theology & Philosophy, Alwaye

The Beginnings

The Carmelite Missionaries, who were sent to Malabar by Pope Alexander VII, started a small Seminary at Verapoly in 1682 for the formation of both the Latin and the Syrian clergy.  Due to the lack of conveniences the Seminary at Verapoly was shifted to the new buildings at Puthenpally in 1866.  In 1888, the Seminary at Puthenpally was constituted the Major Central Seminary for the whole of Malabar, and was placed under Congregation of Evangelization of Peoples.  Owing to the increase in the number of students, a new Seminary with better accommodation was built at Mangalapuzha, Alwaye.  The new Seminary was officially inaugurated on 28th January 1933.  The increase in the priestly  vocations  necessitated  further extension.  On 24th November 1955  the new philosophical college at Carmelgiri was solemnly blessed and inaugurated by His Excellency Most Rev.Martin Lucas, then Apostolic Internuncio to India.  In 1964 the Seminary was raised to the ‘Pontifical’ status by the Holy See.  On June 12,1976, the direction and administration of the Pontifical Seminary was entrusted to the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council.

Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy

  The first step towards the realization of the plan for a Faculty had been taken on October 7, 1959, when the Congregation issued a decree affiliating the theology department of the Seminary with the Lateran University, Rome.  With this, the theology department of the Seminary became “Studium Theologicum” which was governed by norms given by the University and a convention between the Rector of the Lateran University and the Rector of the Seminary.  In April 1971, the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council sent a petition to the Congregation for the erection of an autonomous Faculty.  On February 24, 1972, the Congregation for Catholic Education issued the decree erecting the Theological Faculty in the Pontifical Seminary.  The decree granted the new Faculty all the rights and privileges which were enjoyed by Theological Faculties.  It also empowered the Faculty to confer suitable degrees to students who are successful in their studies and research.  The power of conferring the degrees of Bachelor and Master (Licentiate) in theology was explicitly granted.  On 15th February 1973, the Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Alwaye, was officially inaugurated by His Excellency, the Most Rev.Dr.John Gordon,  then Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to India.  On 25th April 1997, through a decree the Congregation for Catholic Education separated the Pontifical Institute from the Pontifical Seminary.  At present the Pontifical Institute functions at two separate campuses – Mangalapuzha and Carmelgiri, and offers simultaneously courses of theology and philosophy in both campuses.

Patron of the Institute

Saint Joseph

Joseph (Hebrew יוֹסֵף, “Yosef”; Greek: Ἰωσήφ) is a figure in the Gospels, the husband ofMary the mother of Jesus and the guardian of Jesus. In Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodoxand Anglican Christian traditions he is regarded as Saint Joseph.

The Pauline epistles, generally considered the earliest extant Christian records, make no reference to Jesus’ father; nor does the Gospel of Mark, generally considered the first of the gospels.[2] The first appearance of Joseph is therefore in the gospels of Matthew andLuke. Each contains a genealogy of Jesus tracing his ancestry back to King David, but the two are from different sons of David; Matthew follows the major royal line from Solomon, while Luke follows a minor line from Nathan, another son of David and Bathsheba. Consequently all the names between David and Joseph are different. According to Matthew “Jacob was the father of Joseph,” while according to Luke, Joseph, or possibly Jesus, is said to be “of Heli.” Some scholars reconcile the genealogies by viewing the Solomonic lineage in Matthew as Joseph’s major royal line, and the Nathanic lineage in Luke to be Mary’s minor line.[3][4]

MISSION

The Institute is entrusted with “the task of preparing with special care students for the priestly ministry for teaching the sacred sciences, and for the more arduous task of the Apostolate”. It is also the task of the Institute “to explore more profoundly the various areas of the sacred disciplines so that day by day a deeper understanding of the Sacred Revelation will be developed, the heritage of Christian wisdom handed down by our ancestors will be plainly brought into view.

PROFILE

The Institute erected by the Holy See at Alwaye, Kerala State, India, shall be called “The Pontifical Institute, Alwaye”. It functions in St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary Mangalapuzha and Camelgiri. It is entrusted to the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council and is under the overall supervision of the Congregation for Catholic Education. It has at present the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and may open new Faculties with the approval of the Holy See.

Academic Degrees 

According to the Statutes drawn up for the Faculty, the institutional cycle leading to the degree of Bachelor of  Theology consists of two stages.  The first stage comprises three years of Philosophy with languages and subsidiary subjects on Religion and Social Sciences.  A Diploma in Philosophy used to be given to the students who successfully completed this course.  On 1st October 1974 the Congregation for Catholic Education issued a decree authorising the Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy  to confer the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy. At present the Institute is empowered to confer the following degrees:

1) Bachelor of Philosophy

2) Bachelor of Theology

3) Master of Theology

4) Doctor of Theology

The degree of Bachelor of Philosophy is conferred on those who  successfully complete the three years course in Philosophy.  Those students who hold a University Degree prior to their joining the Institute can follow a two year cylce leading to the Degree of Bachelor in Philosophy. The degree of Bachelor of Theology is conferred on those who successfully complete the three and a half years course in Theology.  The degree of Master of Theology is conferred on those who successfully complete the four semesters of specialization in a prescribed branch of Theology. At present Spiritual Theology, Dogmatic Theology,  Pastoral Theology & Counselling and Biblical Theology are offered by the Institute as branches of specialization.The degree of Doctor of Theology is conferred after two semesters of the doctoral course and on fulfilment of the conditions stipulated by the Institute.

CONTACT INFORMATION

PONTIFICAL INSTITUTE ALWAYE
Mangalapuzha, P.B. No.1, Alwaye
Kerala, India – 683 102
Phone  :  0484-2606745
E-mail  :  info@mangalapuzha.org

Mangalapuzha Campus, Aluva 683102  

Tel:  0484-2606745,  2606746
Fax:  0484-2604729

E-mail: mangalapuzhaseminary@gmail.com

Website: http://www.mangalapuzha.org

Carmelgiri Campus, Aluva  683102 

 Tel:  0484-2604120,  2606632
Fax:  0484-2606520

E-mail: carmelgirialuva@gmail.com

Website: http://www.carmelgiri.com

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Good News Retreat Center, Pambady, Kottayam

Posted by Fr Nelson MCBS on September 24, 2013

About Good News Retreat Center

Good News Retreat Center at Kottayam,Pambady is set in a beautiful countryside of Kerala,India formed in 1998 and directed by Fr. Joseph Kandathiparamabil, a spirit filled vibrant priest of Herald of Good News congregation. This retreat center helps thousands of people every day to experience the love, healing and touch of Jesus Christ through spirit filled worship, prayers, talks and music.

Contact Good News Retreat Center

Good News Retreat Center

8th Mile, Velloor PO

Pambady, Kottayam

Kerala , 686 501

Email: contact@goodnewstapas.org
goodnewstapasretreat@gmail.com

Fr. Joseph Kandathiparampil HGN

 PictureFr. Joseph Kandathiparampil HGN is now leading the Good News Retreat Center. Fr. Joseph is committed to spread the ‘Good News’ all over the world, and his Tapas (fasting) retreats are bestowing  tremendous changes in lives of people around the globe.

Read more about Fr. Joseph : Maranathil Ninnu Thapasinte Vazhikallil

Contact : cell 267 423 5552 (USA) | +91 944 765 4231 ( India)  + 44 75 35 86 76 88 ( UK)

Email: frjosephkandathiparambil@gmail.com

Retreat Schedule of Good News Retreat Center

One Day Retreat : Every Friday 9 am to 3 Pm
Intercession Prayer : Every Day , Every Hour
Tapas ( Fasting) Retreat: Every first Friday 9:30 am to Monday 9:30 am
Weekend Retreat : Thursday after First Friday 5pm to Sunday 3pm
Inner Healing : Every Sunday after fasting retreat 5:30 pm to Thursday 3pm
Marian Love Retreat: Every first Sunday 5pm to Thursday 4pm
Healing / Sanctification Prayer: Sunday after Inner healing retreat starts 5:00 pm to Thursday 4pm.
Holy Spirit Retreat – Last Sunday 5:00  pm to Thursday 4:00 pm
Night Vigil –  Last Friday of every month 7:00 pm starts with Holy Mass till       6:00am next day ends with Holy Mass

Click here for Retreat Registration

Click here for the Official Website of Good News Retreat Center

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